The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum – or How Violence Develops and Where It Can Lead, Böll, Heinrich; Translated from the German by Leila Vennewitz. Published by McGraw-Hill Book Company, U.S.A., 1975. First American edition, First printing. 8vo up to 9½” tall., 140 pp. Black bordered boards with gilt titles on red geometric to front, gilt spine titles, gilt embossed isbn number to rear board, yellow gold endpapers, top edge stained red. Volume is in fine condition without markings, tears or folds; light fading to red top edge. Unclipped jacket is in very good condition with very tiny chips top edge of rear jacket and spine; one small closed tear near rear spine; light edge soiling.
The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum was first published in West Germany, 1974. The story deals with the sensationalism of tabloid news and the political climate of panic over Red Army Faction terrorism in the 1970s Federal Republic of Germany. A film adaptation of the was released in 1975 also in West Germany. Heinrich Theodor Böll was one of Germany’s foremost post–World War II writers. Böll was awarded the Georg Büchner Prize in 1967 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972. 003397